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News in Brief, December 8, 2022

packs the bus

Pack the Bus will be making its rounds in Masterton, collecting gifts and food items donated by the community to distribute to families in need this Christmas. The bus will visit Waiata House from 9.45-10.15am today, The Warehouse tomorrow from 8.30-9.30am, and will be at the Christmas parade from 12.30-1.30pm on Saturday. The bus’ last stop will be at Mitre 10 Mega from 10am-2pm on Sunday. 

Search for
man continues

Police are still investigating the disappearance of a Carterton man, not seen for almost three weeks. Grant was last seen at his home on November 19. He was reported missing on November 23. A day later, his car was found in the Mt Holdsworth carpark. Since then, police and search and rescue teams have been combing the area, and helicopters have conducted aerial searches. Police and Grant’s family have concerns for his welfare. A police spokesperson said that there was no update to report this week, and investigations were ongoing.  

One week left

Waka Kotahi NZTA is urging Wairarapa residents to provide feedback on proposed changes to speed limits on State Highway 2. The draft Interim Speed Highway Management Plan has proposed lower speed limits over the Remutaka Hill Rd, and additional safely measures. NZTA said safety on the stretch of SH2 between Upper Hutt and Featherston was a priority. Consultation on the Draft Interim Plan closes on Monday, December 12 at 5pm. 

False firearm

A gunshot sound had armed police descending on a Carterton property early Tuesday morning. Police responded to a report of a firearm following a noise control complaint at 12.30am on High St. Police said officers were armed as a precaution but did not locate a firearm at the address. 

dirt bikes

Police are investigating a report of dangerous driving in Lansdowne on Tuesday afternoon. Police responded to a report of dirt bikes weaving dangerously in and out of traffic on Opaki Rd at 2.30pm. Police said they were making inquiries to locate the riders. 


Mary Argue
Mary Argue
Mary Argue is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with an interest in justice and the region’s emergency services, regularly covering Masterton District Court, Fire and Emergency and Police.

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